Since ObamaCare was first proposed, Americans have been in danger of funding thousands more abortions every year. And now, a detailed list created by the Susan B. Anthony List describes how, under the gargantuan mess that is ObamaCare, “as many as 111,500 additional abortions per year could be heavily subsidized by taxpayers.” This, despite the recent reminder provided by a CNN poll that the majority of Americans have always opposed taxpayer funded abortions.
The SBA List reports that subsidies are one main way that ObamaCare forces taxpayers to fund others’ elective abortions. In twenty-six states, “refundable advanceable ‘affordability’ tax credits” will “heavily subsidize the purchase of insurance plans that cover elective abortion.” These twenty-six states have not removed elective abortion coverage from their insurance exchanges – thus forcing taxpayers to fund the coverage. SBA List explains that the taxpayer funding “may reach as high as 100 percent of the premium. Such a massive subsidy to buy elective abortion coverage has never before been available to the public and it represents an imposition on all U.S. taxpayers.”
Judah and Annika, two teenage sisters from New Mexico, have – to this day – thrown fifty baby showers through their own pro-life ministry called Showers of Grace.
It all started in April 2012 when Judah read Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris. “There was a list of 100 ideas to serve God in the back and one was to throw a baby shower for a single mother,” said Annika, the younger of the two. “When my sister mentioned this to me, we decided that we wouldn’t have to stop at one shower.”
“Showers of Grace is a pro-life ministry hoping to show God’s grace to families in need through baby showers,” Annika explained. “We throw baby showers to celebrate with these mothers the brilliant gift that God has given them. We believe every child is a gift from God, and we want to recognize that no matter the circumstances of their birth.”
She continued, “Our baby showers provide an opportunity to show unconditional love to women who are struggling financially, emotionally, and spiritually. We hope to reach them financially by giving diapers, baby clothes, and other necessary baby items. By coming around them and showing them that we care, we hope to reach them emotionally. Once, a lady told us that she didn’t have any friends and a staff member pointed to a card signed by all of Showers of Grace and said, ‘Look, the people who signed that card. They are your friends.’ Ultimately, though, we recognize that our gifts and love won’t be enough. We will never be able to fix all the problems, so we point them to the one who can: Jesus Christ. At each shower we read the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) and explain to these ladies that no matter what they’ve done they can return to their Lord.”
Thanks in large part to Planned Parenthood, kids can’t be kids anymore. Children view the world quite differently than adults do. They have fewer worries and cares and spend a great deal of time “being kids.” But over the last few decades, the innocence of children has been lost, or rather, stolen – and in many cases, it’s because of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is doing its best to infiltrate our schools and our after school programs in order to “teach” our children about sexual health and responsibility.
To some people this might seem like a great idea on the surface. But when you break it down, it’s more like adults preying on young children.
- Planned Parenthood wants to teach our four-year-olds about masturbation. They want to teach our five-year-olds that “people often kiss, hug, touch, and engage in other sexual behaviors with one another to show caring and to feel good.”
- In their after school programs, they teach our middle school children through role playing sexual scenarios.
- Planned Parenthood uses and promotes the book It’s Perfectly Normal which says that it is intended for children ages ten and up. However, a prison in Washington rejected a fundraising letter featuring images from the book because it featured “obscene or sexually explicit material as defined by policy.” If the images are too obscene for adults, how can they possibly be okay for children? Copies of the book are given to our children for free, despite the fact that the images fall under the definition of both pornography and child pornography.
Abortion advocates often try to make the case that women need abortion because of awful, terrible, heartbreaking things — pregnancy after rape, a baby diagnosed with a fatal birth defect (or worse, something really undesirable like… Down syndrome), a mother whose health is at risk. They trot out these sob stories as a way of showing us why abortion is such a vital aspect of women’s health.
The truth, of course, is that these are almost never the reasons why women have abortions. They have abortions because the pregnancy was inconvenient. That is almost overwhelmingly the reason why it happens. A perfect example of this is an essay written by Myla June, who rather oddly professes her love for her unborn child, but then thanks God that she had an abortion. (Caution for some language.)
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry as a whole go to great lengths to prove to Americans that abortion is safe. But the harm they’ve done to women proves otherwise. Women have been injured – and even killed – at Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States.
One of the most famous cases is that of Tonya Reaves. Reaves was a 24-year-old mother of a one-year-old boy when she went to a Planned Parenthood in Chicago for an abortion. After her abortion, Reaves was taken to a local hospital, where she died. Planned Parenthood staff never called 911, and according to the medical examiner’s office, Reaves’s death was caused by a hemorrhage after a D&E abortion. Reaves’s death came soon after the Chicago Tribune published an exposé regarding the failure of Illinois abortion practitioners to report abortion complications.
Most women injured by Planned Parenthood don’t make headline news.
The Daily Caller has unearthed a chilling new video from Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. British Pathé, a newsreel archive company, uploaded 85,000 historic films onto YouTube. One of those films featured Margaret Sanger, called Margaret Slee (her second husband’s name) in the video, demanding that women have no more babies.
When questioned about women who want babies and in 10 years won’t be able to have them, Sanger insists that it is somehow practical and humane to not allow them to have children.
Josie Cunningham is a British model and call girl who famously got a boob job funded by NHS. Cunningham, 23, is already a mother of two and is currently 18 weeks pregnant, either by one of her escort clients or by a Premier League Footballer. Cunningham is eager for more fame, though, so she announced to the world that she would be having an abortion so she could appear on a reality show.
Wannabe celebrity Josie Cunningham last night confessed the chance of appearing on TV’s Big Brother was worth more than her unborn child’s life.
Puffing on a cigarette and rubbing her baby bump, the controversial model and call girl – who will have her abortion at a clinic this week – said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now.
“An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.”
For those of us who are runners or who follow running, this Monday is not your average Monday: it’s Boston Marathon Monday. And while thousands of runners gather to tackle the epic 26.2 miles, I’d like to draw your attention two runners who will be marking their last Boston together.
I remember the first time I heard about Team Hoyt. It was several years ago, and I was watching coverage of the Hawaii Ironman – some people watch football; some watch baseball; we runners watch races. The coverage was interspersed with profiles of the runners, and that’s where I first saw the story of father-and-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt.
Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and his wife, Judy. As a result of oxygen deprivation, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Told that Rick had no chance of recovery, his parents were advised to institutionalize him, as he would be a “vegetable.” But they refused. Instead, they brought him home and determined to give him normal childhood experiences.
One way or another, most people agree that the federal tax code is a mess. Its web of convoluted rules, formulas, and exceptions is the result of politicians and bureaucrats piling endless favors to some constituencies while punishing others. It’s fertile ground for all sorts of abusive and outrageous provisions to grow safely beyond public notice.
This week, the Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow highlighted several surprising activities that are included among tax-deductible expenses, including the following:
Have an abortion, get a tax deduction! How strange that pro-abortion advocates aren’t using this as a selling point. Hmmm.
Oh, and while they hyperventilate over Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide every type of birth control without a co-pay, it turns out that birth control pills can be deducted if prescribed by a doctor.
Also, you can deduct the purchase of pregnancy test kits and vasectomies.
In a video memorializing the memory of Thomas Vander Woude, his family recalls his heroic sacrifice for his son Joseph. Vander Woude was the father of seven sons. Five years ago, he died on his family farm after rescuing his drowning son, who has Down syndrome, from a septic tank into which he had fallen. Loved ones say that he died as he had lived: next to his son, and for his son. Thomas left behind a loving family, and last month Focus on the Family shared a video featuring his wife and sons remembering their father and his legacy of love.
The law that Wendy Davis unsuccessfully fought so hard to keep from passing stipulated, among other things, that abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This, according to abortion advocates, is a major problem, because most hospitals don’t want to associate with abortionists. Given the astounding regularity with which abortionists are found to practice under shoddy, unsanitary, unsafe, and negligent conditions, that’s not altogether surprising. Now, two Texas abortionists are suing University General Hospital Dallas, claiming that it violates discrimination laws.
During debate over HB 2, reproductive rights supporters predicted that hospitals would refuse to grant privileges to abortion providers out of fear of retaliation from anti-choice protesters; in subsequent court challenges to the law, the State of Texas argued that because federal and state laws prevent hospitals from discriminating against abortion providers, doctors who provide abortions would have plenty of legal recourse in the unlikely event they were denied privileges.
Twenty-four-year-old Brooke Foster is a senior at the University of North Texas, where she plays softball. She is also a mom to an adorable four-year-old, Layton. And she does an impressive job with all three.
Brooke began her college career at Houston Baptist University, where she had received a scholarship to play softball. At the time, softball was the driving force behind her decision to go to school. What she would do after school, or why she was in school – besides to play ball – still eluded her. But just a few months into college, she was no longer asking the same questions.
Unexpectedly pregnant in 2009, Brooke moved back home before completing her freshman year in Houston. She recalls the events around the time of her pregnancy as difficult, and at first she had to reassemble her life plan to fit her new circumstances. According to ESPN:
She dropped out and moved back to Wylie, although the turn of events left her estranged from her mother and father.
Those were the darkest days, when she was adrift and terrified. She had no idea what was coming, had never had baby siblings or even cousins. But she reconciled with her parents as the pregnancy progressed, moved in with them and took on a full-time job at a local pharmacy – it became a point of pride for her that she paid for her own doctor’s visits.
In 2009, there was a crisis in New Zealand when a number of nurses refused to assist in second-trimester abortions. In the article “More nurses opting out of abortion ops,” one person interviewed commented:
[It is] an issue of nurses expressing an unwillingness to continue contributing to this particular service. It’s not an area of practice where many staff choose or are comfortable to work.
An article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing sheds light on why. According to the article:
Second trimester terminations require the woman concerned to go through an induced labour, the result of which is a fetus in a very human form. (1)
Indeed, babies in the second trimester have a “very human form.” In these abortions, the baby is injected with poison to kill him or her, and then labor is induced. The woman in effect “gives birth” to a dead baby. In the U.S., third-trimester abortions are almost always done this way – by injecting the baby with poison (usually digoxin) and then inducing labor. (This method is also used in the second trimester in the U.S., although many second-trimester abortions here are done by D&E, where the baby is dismembered in utero.)
“My body, my choice” is a tired mantra we hear from the pro-abortion community. The argument attending this soundbite is that because the unborn are dependent on their mothers’ bodies for survival, the self-sacrifice of pregnancy and childbirth are not required. Pregnant mothers, they say, should have the right to evict their children under the pretense of “bodily autonomy.”
According to this view, the unborn child is a foreign invader – a parasite – and no woman should be “forced” to have her body serve the needs of another person whom she doesn’t want inside her. Because the other person is dependent on her for survival, he has no say in the matter, and abortion is justified. The argument has more than a few holes, but it’s remained the centerpiece of generation after generation of abortion sophistry.
Two thousand years ago, a famous historical figure made the same statement in the face of self-sacrifice – and for him, it was to the point of death: “This is my body…” But in his case, the statement continued: “…which is given up for you” (Luke 22:19). Jesus did not, when asked to sacrifice himself for others, refuse the stripes that healed and redeemed his children (Isaiah 53:5). Mothers, when they accept the stripes, stretches, and scars of motherhood, can claim solidarity with someone who knows the sacrifice of offering his body for the good of another.
It’s not just pro-lifers who have nicknamed Planned Parenthood “Planned Bullyhood.”
The organization has earned its reputation for bullying legislators, organizations, and women into doing exactly what it wants, which tends to be exactly what is good for its bottom line. The following are a few examples of Planned Parenthood’s favorite bullying tactics – and this list barely scratches the surface.
After being cut off from its funding stream, Planned Parenthood forcefully bullied its way back into the coffers of the Susan G. Komen Foundation:
To fully comprehend the scope of this lunacy (that is, of funding Planned Parenthood), consider these two facts: Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, which help to reduce breast cancer by providing early detection of potential problems, and Planned Parenthood does commit abortions, which increase a woman’s susceptibility to the condition.
Late-term abortionist Harold O. Alexander had his medical license suspended for three months by the Maryland Board of Physicians yesterday. This is his second suspension in two years, bringing into question why this man is still allowed to practice medicine.
According to the consent order, Alexander is guilty of “unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine.” After his three-month suspension is over, he will be allowed to practice medicine again, although he will remain under probation for “at least” three years. Once the suspension is lifted, he cannot be employed as a sole practitioner for at least a year, and must work under the supervision of a board-approved physician, who will have to file monthly reports.
Alexander was previously charged in 2012, for unprofessional conduct, failure to meet the standard of quality medical care, and inadequate medical recordkeeping. Alexander had been accused of sexual misconduct, as well as self-prescribing medications and prescribing medications for family and friends, and his license was suspended. After the suspension was lifted, he remained under probation.
Last October, his clinic was inspected. It was found to be an unlicensed surgical abortion clinic, yet Alexander admitted to performing abortions there on a regular basis. There was no nurse on site when the abortions were performed, which is a violation of state regulations. Multiple other violations were found as well. He had also applied for his clinic to become a licensed abortion clinic, despite knowing that he could not do so until his suspension was lifted.
Ever wondered what compels abortion clinic workers to quit?
What makes the nurses begin to reconsider their career choice? What turns the doctors from performing abortions and compels them to never be involved again? What convinces other staff to just walk out and not return?
Here are excerpts from the stories of just a few.
March 30, 2014: 40 Days for Life
While people prayed in the rain at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sacramento, Wynette – the local coordinator – watched a scene unfold outside the abortion center.
“Several abortion business employees huddled together, holding their umbrellas, as they took turns hugging one abortion worker in particular,” she said … wondering what was going on.
A few minutes later, that worker exited the driveway right in front of Wynette and rolled down the car window, ignoring the falling rain.
“I’ve had enough!” the distraught worker called out. “I hate this place! I quit!”
A teenager who has Down syndrome recently got accepted to college, and his reaction to the news has America smiling along with him:
Noah’s video was posted Tuesday and has already accumulated nearly 300,000 views on YouTube. As soon as Noah realizes that the letter is news of his college acceptance, he says “I got accepted! YES! Dad, you rock! I love you! I got accepted, yeah! Yeah!”
UPDATE: Minutes after the debate started last night, it was killed procedurally. Senator Owen Hill reports: “Democrats voted to kill their extreme abortion rights bill on the Senate floor. God bless you all for your hard work–there is such as a thing as a government of the people, by the people, for the people–even when those people are unborn. Keep praying to end abortion!” Reportedly, Republican legislators as well as thousands of citizens actively took a stand against SB-175, and ultimately, they were successful.
At approximately 5:00 tonight, the Colorado Senate will be having a passionate debate over SB-175. This bill – a knockoff of the extreme “Freedom of Choice Act” – would make abortion a fundamental right in the state and strip pro-lifers of certain free speech rights. Parental rights would be in danger as well, as Colorado currently has a parental notification law on the books.
Colorado Family Action – a Christian non-profit that promotes “life at all stages” – described some of the effects of SB-175 in an e-mail:
No Colorado State governmental body at any level would be able to enact a policy that “denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decision.
This legislation has the potential to eliminate a broad range of laws including: parental notification laws, parental involvement laws, laws promoting maternal health, government programs and facilities that pay for or promote childbirth and other health care without subsidizing abortion, conscience protections laws, laws requiring that abortion only be performed by a licensed physician, laws regulating school health clinics, laws concerning abstinence education, laws affecting pregnancy centers and so on.